Ecclesiastical Archives

Teaching Staff: Metallinos Dimitrios
Course Code: ARC660
Field: Archives
Course Category: Specific Background
Course Type: Elective
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Delivery method: Face to face
Semester: 8th
Total Hours: 3
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Short Description:

The Church, as an entity which produces archives, constitutes the oldest institution of the Greek State still in vigor, while it also preexisted it. The archival wealth of the Ecclesiastical Archives is proved by the historical and intellectual activity of the Orthodox Church, combined with the geographical reference territory (the geo-cultural space of the “Hellenic East and of the West” and of the Ecumenical Hellenism of the Diaspora). In the framework of the course, we will examine the archival cartography of the most important repositories of ecclesiastical archives (inactive – historical), as well as the modern ecclesiastical institutions (administrative, pastoral, social welfare etc.) which, in the framework of their activity, produce ecclesiastical documents. So as for the students to become familiar with this particular subject, a number of visits will be conducted to repositories of ecclesiastical archives in the city of Corfu (General State Archives of the Prefecture of Corfu, Metropolis of Corfu, Paxoi and the Diapontian Islands, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Corfu, Evangelical and Anglican Church of Corfu, Monastery of Platytera etc.), or Ecclesiastical Archives will be examined as well (belonging to churches or to private collections).

Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

Introduction to and familiarization with the challenging field of the ecclesiastical archives.

By successfully attending the course, students will gain knowledge on the existence, potential and function of the institutions which produce ecclesiastical archives.


Week #1: Introduction. Definition of terms.

Week #2: The ecclesiastical archives in the territory of the Orthodox Church in Greece (in Corfu, the Ionian Islands and the rest of Greece).

Week #3: Visit to the Archive of the Holy Metropolis of Corfu, Paxoi and the Diapontian Islands.

Week #4: The ecclesiastical archives of the Orthodox Patriarchates.

Week #5: The ecclesiastical archives of the Ecumenical Hellenism (archives of Greek Communities of the Diaspora).

Week #6: Ecclesiastical archives in the territory of the Ionian Islands.

Week #7: Visit to the Archive of the Holy Monastery of Platytera in Corfu.

Week #8: The ecclesiastical archives of the Roman Catholic Church.

Week #9: Visit to the Archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Corfu.

Week #10: The ecclesiastical archives of the Protestant World and the Protestant Christian Missions in the Greek territory.

Week #11: Visit to the archives of the Protestant Churches in Corfu (Anglican and Evangelical).

Week #12: The Christian Churches of Europe as entities of social welfare activity and the production of archives.

Week #13: Test for the students who attended the visits.

Suggested Bibliography:
  • Kurt Aland, A history of Christianity, Vol. 1, Translated by James L. Schaaf, Fortress Press, Philadelphia 1985.
  • Μαριάννα Κολυβά, Αρχειονομία. Φορείς παραγωγής αρχείων. Ιστορική αναδρομή, εκδ. Πατάκη, Αθήνα 2009.
  • Χρήστος Δημητρίου, Μελέτη περί του Χαρτοφύλακος της εν Κωνσταντινουπόλει Μεγάλης του Χριστού Εκκλησίας, εν Αθήναις 1924.
  • Σπυρίδων Καρύδης, Ορθόδοξες Αδελφότητες και συναδελφικοί ναοί στην Κέρκυρα (15ος – 19ος αι.), Αθήνα 2004.
  • Littell und H.H. Walz, Weltkirchen Lexicon, Stuttgart 1960.
  • Κωνσταντίνος Μανάφης, Μοναστηριακά Τυπικά-Διαθήκαι, εν Αθήναις 1970.
  • Δημήτριος Γ. Μεταλληνός, Βρετανική Διπλωματία και Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία στο Ιόνιο Κράτος. Η εκκλησιαστική πολιτική του βρετανού Αρμοστή Sir Howard Douglas (1835-1841), εκδ. Γρηγόρη, Αθήνα 2016.
  • π. Γεώργιος Δ. Μεταλληνός-Δημήτριος Γ. Μεταλληνός, Εθναρχία, Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Αράκυνθος, Αθήνα 2017.
  • Γεώργιος Μοσχόπουλος, Το Εκκλησιαστικό Αρχείο Κεφαλονιάς. Μητρόπολη-Μονές-Ναοί, Τοπικό Ιστορικό Αρχείο Κεφαλονιάς – αρ. 2, Αθήνα 1984.
  • π. Ανδρέας Νανάκης (Σεβασμιώτατος Μητροπολίτης Αρκαλοχωρίου, Καστελλίου και Βιάννου), Εκκλησία, Γένος, Ελληνισμός, Τέρτιος, Κατερίνη 1993.
  • Σοφία–Αικατερίνη Πανταζή, «Ορθόδοξος κλήρος και βενετική εξουσία: η ιστορία μίας αδιατάραχτης σχέσης;», στα Κερκυραϊκά Χρονικά, τ. Δ΄ (2007), που περιλαμβάνει τα Πρακτικά του Επιστημονικού Συνεδρίου με θέμα: ΄Οψεις της Εκκλησιαστικής Ιστορίας της Κέρκυρας, (Κέρκυρα, 7–8 Δεκεμβρίου 2005), Κέρκυρα 2007, σ.σ. 99-104.
  • Θεόδωρος Γ. Παππάς (επιμέλεια), Κέρκυρα Εγχειρίδιο Τοπικής Ιστορίας, Υπουργείο Εθνικής Παιδείας και Θρησκευμάτων-Δήμος Κερκυραίων, Αθήνα 2000.
  • Λίνος Πολίτης, Κατάλογος Χειρογράφων της Εθνικής Βιβλιοθήκης της Ελλάδος, αρ. 1857–2500, Ακαδημία Αθηνών, Αθήναι 1991.
  • Αντώνιος Λ. Σμυρναίος, Στα ίχνη της Ουτοπίας. Το «Φιλελληνικόν Παιδαγωγείον» Σύρου και η Προτεσταντική Ομογενοποίηση της Οικουμένης κατά τον 19ο αιώνα, Αθήνα 2006.
Teaching Methods:

Lectures, hands-on practice in Ecclesiastical Archives and mandatory visits to local ecclesiastical archives.

New Technologies:


Evaluation Methods:
  • Test for students who attended regularly.
  • Written exam for students with irregular attendance.


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